How To Carve A Halloween Pumpkin

October 31, 2013 by  

How To Carve A Halloween Pumpkin, You know Halloween has arrived when your local supermarket is full-to-bursting with pumpkins.

Tomorrow, they will be everywhere – so to make sure you’re prepared to sculpt the perfect design, take a look at our step-by-step guide below.

And while you’re here, take a look at our spooktacular pumpkin gallery above to give you some inspiration. Also, take a look through our guide to Halloween events in Kirklees here – and send us your pictures of your little horrors in their Halloween costumes here.

Kids, make sure you’re supervised by an adult, this can be tricky – and dangerous – work.

Step 1:

Once you’ve picked your pumpkin from your local retailer, you’ll need to carve your lid and scoop out the vegetable’s innards.

You may be tempted to cut a circular hole, but it’s actually easier and safer to carve out a pentagon-shaped lid with a serrated knife. For more scooping room, your hole can go around the back of the pumpkin.

This means it’ll be a lot easier to fit the lid back on the pumpkin once you’ve finished.

Step 2:

Find yourself a big spoon or ladle and scoop out the inside of the pumpkin.

Pop the seeds and the pumpkin gunk in a bowl somewhere – there are plenty of things you can do with them, so place them to the side for later.

You can roast the pumpkin seeds for a handy snack or make some pumpkin soup.

Make sure you get every little bit out so there’s room for the candle or light you plan to pop inside.

Step 3:

With a marker pen, draw your desired pumpkin design. Use a dry-wipe marker so you can easily rub off any unsightly pen marks later.

This could pretty much be anything – traditionally, pumpkin-faces tend to be triangular-shaped, but you can get a little more creative if you’re feeling confident enough.

For more intricate designs, a good technique to use is punching small holes using a skewer, which means your knife won’t go off-course once you’ve chopped it out.

For added accuracy, punch out your design using a template – there are plenty online.

There are plenty of designs you could choose – take a look at our gallery for inspiration.

For an added artistic effect, try cutting only part way through the skin of your pumpkin in some parts. In other words, only remove the thick layer of skin rather than going all the way through the flesh. This way, the way the light shines through will vary across different parts of your design. But be warned, this technique is tricky!

Step 4:

After you’ve carefully cut out your design, you’re pretty much all set.

All you need is to put a candle or a light inside, pop the lid back on et voila – the perfect pumpkin.

Candles don’t work particularly well if you’re putting your pumpkin outside, due to the notoriously wet Welsh weather, so try a bike light instead.

Step 5:

Send us your photos!

We’d love to see your Halloween pumpkin designs.

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